China Shenzhen Climate, Weather, Rainfall, Best Season

Shenzhen Climate – Best Time to Visit

Shaped by the subtropical marine climate, Shenzhen has a mild climate as well as plentiful sunshine and rainfall all year round. The measured temperature is 22.4C (72.32F) on average. Long but not overly hot summers and short but relatively warm winters make Shenzhen the ideal tourist destination in any season. However it should perhaps be noted that Shenzhen is located at the estuary of the Pearl River and is therefore an area which is often influenced by typhoons. Generally the most significant typhoons occur from May to December and especially from July to September. The best time to visit Shenzhen is really August to September when a series of celebrations are held. Additionally, the China Hi-Tech Fair is held in Shenzhen from the 12th to the 17th of October every year. It is therefore always advisable to make reservations well in advance of your visit to Shenzhen as the area is particularly busy during these days.

Detailed information about the Average, Maximun and Minimum Temperatures and the rainfall in Shenzhen.

Average Data Jan Feb Mar Apr May June
Average High (F) 65/69 65/69 71/74 77/81 83/87 86/89
Average High (C) 18/20 18/20 21/23 25/27 28/30 30/32
Average Low (F) 50/53 52/56 58/62 65/69 71/75 75/78
Average Low (C) 10/12 11/13 14/16 18/20 22/24 24/26
Rain (in) 1.0/1.1 1.9/2.0 2.6/2.7 5.7/5.8 9.7/9.8 12.0/12.1
Rain (mm) 25/30 50/55 65/70 145/150 245/250 305/310
Average Data July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average High (F) 88/92 88/91 86/89 82/85 75/79 68/72
Average High (C) 31/33 31/33 30/32 28/30 24/26 20/22
Average Low (F) 76/79 75/79 73/77 67/71 60/63 52/56
Average Low (C) 24/26 24/26 23/25 20/22 15/17 11/13
Rain (in) 12.4/12.5 13.2/13.3 10.4/10.5 1.8/1.9 1.4/1.5 0.9/1.0
Rain (mm) 315/320 335/340 265/270 45/50 35/40 20/25

Climate of Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s climate is sub-tropical, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. During November and December there are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Many people regard these as the best months of the year. January and February are more cloudy, with occasional cold fronts followed by dry northerly winds. It is not uncommon for temperatures to drop below 10 C in urban areas. The lowest temperature recorded at the Observatory is 0 C, although sub-zero temperatures and frost occur at times on high ground and in the New Territories.

March and April can also be very pleasant although there are occasional spells of high humidity. Fog and drizzle can be particularly troublesome on high ground which is exposed to the southeast, and air traffic and ferry services are occasionally disrupted because of reduced visibility.

May to August are hot and humid with occasional showers and thunderstorms, particularly during the mornings. Afternoon temperatures often exceed 31 C whereas at night, temperatures generally remain around 26 C with high humidity. There is usually a fine dry spell in July which may possibly last for one to two weeks, or for even longer in some years.

July to September are the months during which Hong Kong is most likely to be affected by tropical cyclones, although gales are not unusual at any time between May and November. On average, about 31 tropical cyclones form in the western North Pacific or China Seas every year, and about half of them reach typhoon strength (maximum winds of 118 kilometres per hour or more).

When a tropical cyclone is about 700 to 1000 kilometres southeast of Hong Kong, the weather is usually fine and exceptionally hot, but isolated thunderstorms sometimes occur in the evenings. If the centre comes closer to Hong Kong, winds will increase and rain can become heavy and widespread. Heavy rain from tropical cyclones may last for a few days and subsequent landslips and flooding sometimes cause considerably more damage than the winds.

The mean annual rainfall ranges from around 1300 millimetres at Waglan Island to more than 3000 millimetres in the vicinity of Tai Mo Shan. About 80 percent of the rain falls between May and September. The wettest month is August, when rain occurs about four days out of seven and the average monthly rainfall at the Observatory is 391.4 millimetres. The driest month is January, when the monthly average is only 23.4 millimetres and rain falls only about six days a month.

Severe weather phenomena that can affect Hong Kong include tropical cyclones, strong winter monsoon winds, and thunderstorms with associated squalls that are most frequent from April to September. Waterspouts and hailstorms occur infrequently, while snow and tornadoes are rare.

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3 Responses to “China Shenzhen Climate, Weather, Rainfall, Best Season”

  • Wahid adly

    I have visa for china
    Can I stay in hong kong and go to shezehn and return to hk

  • Dear Wahid adly

    The Government of Hong Kong allows citizens of specific countries/territories to travel to Hong Kong for tourism or business for up to 90 days or 30 days without having to obtain a visa. Under the One Country, Two Systems policy, Hong Kong maintains its immigration and visa policy independently from the rest of China. Consequently, entering Hong Kong from other parts of China requires passing through an immigration checkpoint. Whilst Macao and Taiwan residents have visa-free/visa-on-arrival access for short visits to Hong Kong, Mainland China residents need to go through a more rigorous approval system before they can obtain a permit to enter Hong Kong.

    Due to the historical background of Hong Kong, immigration status in Hong Kong is determined by a combination of both nationality and residence status. Therefore, even a Chinese national with the right of abode in Hong Kong has a slightly different status to a foreign national with the right of abode in Hong Kong as well (since the former can never lose ROA status while the latter can lose it if he does not enter Hong Kong for a period of 36 months). At the same time, a foreign national with the right of abode in Hong Kong has a preferential immigration status to a Chinese national without the right of abode in Hong Kong, as the former can remain in Hong Kong indefinitely, while the latter has to have his immigration status reassessed whenever his visa/permit expires.

    Unlimited access to Hong Kong

    Possession of one of the following documents is sufficient to demonstrate the holder’s right of abode in Hong Kong, and consequently his unhindered access to the territory:

    1. Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card
    2. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport
    3. British National (Overseas) passport
    4. Hong Kong Certificate of Identity (all of which have expired 30 June 2007)
    5. Hong Kong Re-entry permit (for entry from the Mainland of China and the region of Macao only)
    6. Hong Kong Seaman’s Identity Book
    7. Hong Kong Document of Identity for Visa Purposes provided that the document is valid or the holder’s limit of stay in Hong Kong has not expired
    8. Travel documents stating either Holder’s eligibility for Hong Kong permanent identity card verified or The holder of this travel document has the right to land in Hong Kong. (Section 2AAA, Immigration Ordinance, Cap. 115, Laws of Hong Kong)

  • Abdirahman

    Hi Brooks

    I am one of the nationalities that require to apply for a Hong Kong Visa. I am coming to China for a business meeting for 2 months and i am planning to go to Hong kong every weekend for shopping.
    When i want to apply for China Mainland Visa at the Chinese embassy in my country it takes about 2 days but i think if i ask for a hong kong visa it may take up to one months i am not sure. Therefore if i get a 3 months China Mainland visa with Multiple entries, Is there any Hong Kong office in Shenzhen that is able to issue Hong Kong Visas for foreigners??